Article by Pearce Thompson, Cannabis Life Network
Before you read about tricks and tips for growing weed, it is important to note that this is purely a beginner’s guide to aid in the growth of marijuana with soil as opposed to hydroponically. Long time cannabis growers may roll their eyes because to successfully grow marijuana some of these things are obvious. Additionally, all of these do’s and don’ts will vary depending on whether you’re growing outdoor or indoor.
This list is not exhaustive, there is a lot more work that goes into successfully growing marijuana. To get things rolling, ensure you have a plantation sizeable enough to allow the roots to spread without competition. Marijuana plants will grow larger depending on how much room their roots have.
To make sure you’re complying with all legal standards for growing, click this link to review the Cannabis Act in its entirety.
First and Foremost Tip for Growing Weed is to Acquire legally sourced seedlings
First and foremost, to legally grow in Canada you must, I repeat you must grow from seedlings and not from clones. The only place to acquire legal seeds is from licensed cannabis retailers in Canada. Growing from a seedling is a longer process than from clones, but hey it’s the way the weed pioneers did it so why not give it a try?
To learn how to properly complete the germination process from seed to plant, more research on your end is required. With that being said, nothing is impossible, and with a little research and some work, you could be the proud parent of a happy weed plant. Another note, ensure you have female seeds, as males will not flower!
Click this link for a youtube video on how to properly germinate your seeds.
Vegetative and Flower States of Marijuana Plants
After germination and seedling, marijuana plants have two states, vegetative and flower. Growing begins with the vegetative state and then moves to flower. Typically, outdoor plants will have a longer vegetative state that can last up to a few months. One reason it’s easier to control when your plant goes into flower from indoor grows is that you can control the light and darkness.
When growing indoors, a light schedule of 18 hours of direct sunlight, 6 hours of complete darkness will ensure your plant grows bigger during the vegetative state. Marijuana plants will not begin to flower or produce buds until a 12/12 schedule of light and darkness is achieved. Once your plant is grown to the desired size on its 18/6 schedule, it’s okay to then flip the plant into the flower state to its 12/12 schedule.
If you want your plant to begin flowering, ensure it is covered (but not touching the plant) and gets 12 hours of complete darkness. If you’re thinking, not touching, what does that mean? One way to ensure your plant is getting complete darkness is to build some type of box or enclosure for your plant when you need it to flower. Once in the flower state, a schedule of 12/12 hours of light/darkness is recommended. To get a higher yield from your plants, a rigid light schedule can definitely help.
Topping Promotes Lateral Growth of Cannabis Plant
Topping is a technique used to hamper vertical growth and allow your plants to promote lateral growth. It’s necessary to note that topping should only be done during the vegetative stage of the plant. Its purpose is to redistribute the growth hormones from the main stalk to its offshoots. With topping, ensure you have at least 5 growth nodes on the plant and cut off the top node. Ensure you have disinfected your scissors so the plant does not get infected because you are essentially creating an open wound.